A Superhero in Harlem

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The new NetFlix/Marvel TV series, Luke Cage, debuted today and the instant reviews are in! The series kickoff with episode 1 introduces us to a collection of characters with complex stories and circumstances which place them on collision course in the future. Right now, we are just scratching the surface of their motivations but the soundtrack by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) is proving to be a pleasant backdrop. Raphael Saadiq lends his talents, performing as himself, in Harlem’s Paradise, the club owned by our main villain, Cottonmouth aka Mr. Stokes. Check out my review for some more details and a few minor spoilers. If you haven’t watched any Marvel movies because they’re too comic booky or you’re wondering when superheroes are gonna find a Black person to play lead role, this is it. For those who liked The Wire, it may remind you of that. If you’re wondering if this is connected to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are some definite callbacks in episode 1. If you have the time you should check it out.

 

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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